Walt Disney World Resort in August 2010 – Crowd warnings, special events, ride closures and refurbishments

July 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm 1 comment

The first two weeks of August are still busy at Walt Disney World but crowd levels slowly decrease through the second half of August as kids head back to school. The weather can be hot and humid but, by doing a little advance planning, you can still plan on having a great time on your WDW summer vacation.

Crowd Warnings for Your August 2010 Trip to Walt Disney World Resort

1.)     Summer Vacation means lines and crowds. Sure, people are worried about the economy but Disney responded by offering some great promotions. Families will still be flocking to Walt Disney and the first two weeks of August will see peak crowds (an 8- 10 on a crowd scale of 1-to-10). A good touring plan will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.

2.)    Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night. It will be offered August 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29. This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive at least 60 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package. Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show. Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show. You’ll probably want to catch Fantasmic! so be sure you have a good touring plan that will help you manage the crowds and you’ll be fine. Warning: This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes. The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children.

3.)    Main Street Electric Parade & SpectroMagic Parades (Magic Kingdom) – The Main Street Electric Parade is offered every night through August 14th. The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on August 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24,26, 27, 28, 30. The following dates do not have a nighttime parade: August 22, 25, 29, 31.

4.)    Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guest)! We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park of the day during the peak summer travel season. Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park. This is doubly important if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you.

5.)    Free Dining Promotion – this promotion is offered to keep guests coming during hurricane season and after school is back in session. The crowds in the parks are moderate but this promotion really impacts the availability of dining reservations. Book your dining reservations right away.

 Special Events at Disneyworld in August 2010

1.)     Summer Nightastic! Special events in the Disney theme parks through August 14th. Magic Kingdom Theme Park – the “Main Street Electrical Parade” and the “Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular”, led by Tinker Bell, is offered nightly. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will have new lighting effects created especially for Summer Nighastic!. “Rock N’ Glow Dance Party” in the courtyard near the Rock’n Roller Coaster.

2.)     Last Tour To Endor – August 14th, 2010 / 8:00PM – 1:00AM (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – The Star Tours attraction will be undergoing a major re-imagineering and will reopen in 2011 but before it does, there will be a special event on August 14th with specially themed intergalactic party zones, Star WArs shows, Death Star Disco, and a Stars Wars fireworks spectacular called “Symphony in the Stars”. Costumes are encouraged. Event tickets are $75 each. For tickets: http://www.starwarscelebration.com/en/Events/Disney-Event/

3.)    DREAM OUR DREAMS – A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney Benefit Concert- August 6,7 & 8 @ 8PM. Matinee performance at 2:00PM on August 8th (Epcot). Encore! Cast choir & Orchestra will perform in Epcot’s World Showplace. This special concert is a benefit for the “Make A Wish Foundation” and requires a special ticket. Tickets are $15 each, if purchased in advance through the website at http://encorecentral.org/  . Tickets are $20 (cash only) at the door.

 Temporary Ride & Attraction Closures and refurbishments at Walt Disney World in August

  • Pooh’s Playful Spot & Ariel’s Grotto (Magic Kingdom) have closed for the Fantasyland Expansion.
  • “it’s a small world” (Magic Kingdom) will be closed August 1 – October 22nd.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Magic Kingdom) will be closed August 16 – 25, 2010.
  • Cantina de San Angel (Restaurant – Epcot / Mexico Pavilion) is closed for a major refurbishment until September 2010.
  • Toy Story Mania! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be closed for refurbishment from August 16th – 28th, 2010.
  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be closed for refurbishment from August 16th – November 2, 2010.
  • Power Rangers (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) are leaving Disney (They’ve been sold back to the original owner) but will continue with Meet-&-greet appearances through August 7th, 2010.
  • Disney’s Palm Golf Course – closed August 2 – 8, 2010.
  • Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course – closed August 9 – 15, 2010.
  • Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course – closed August 16 – 22, 2010.
  • Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course – closed August 23 – 29, 2010.
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – closed August 30 – September 3, 2010.
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals. Luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM. Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk

August 2010 Walt Disney World Discounts & Promotions 
1.) Summer Magic Promotion – this promotion provides a discount on your room rate for “Room Only” and vacation package reservations. Are you staying at a Disney Deluxe resort? Compare this with the “Free Dining” promotion to see which offer provides the better value.

2) Free Dining Promotion – August 15 – December 21, 2010. Receive one of the Disney dining plans at no extra cost when you book a “Magic Your Way” vacation package of at least three nights, with 2-day or longer admission tickets. Blackout dates apply – promotional rate subject to availability.  For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freedining.php 

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At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans. During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners. During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times. But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively. We book directly through Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the trip yourself – you just receive more expert help to make your vacation the best it can be.  For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php 

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